Monday, August 24, 2009

The supportive Australian media

"Australia die a slow Ashes death as Poms celebrate" cried Sydney's Daily Telegraph in response to Australia's 197-run defeat at The Oval.

"Ricky Ponting's Ashes career has ended in heartache as he became the first Australian skipper in over a century to lose two series in England," wrote Ben Dorries.

"The Ashes are gone. So is Australia's No 1 Test ranking and its 14-year hold on world dominance."

In the Sydney Morning Herald, Jamie Pandaram struggled to believe Australia lost to the same English side they humiliated in the fourth test in Leeds.
"The shadows will now creep over Australia's selectors, coaches and players," he said.

"Ricky Ponting's side has now lost three of its past four series, but this one will hurt most.

"How England were allowed to come back into the series following their innings and 80-run loss at Headingley is difficult to fathom."

And while the Wallabies' defeat received less coverage than their cricketing cousins, they were not spared their share of criticism.

"The All Blacks must laugh at how dumb the Wallabies are at times," wrote Greg Growden in the Sydney Morning Herald, who called for mass changes following Australia's fifth consecutive loss to the All Blacks.

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